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  This is the End

action & adventure, comedy

While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Language, drugs, death in very funny doomsday movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that This Is the End is a comedy about the end of the world, focusing on a group of popular comedy actors (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and many more) who try to survive inside a Hollywood mansion as fire ravages the land and giant monsters stalk outside. There's extreme language, with constant uses of "f--k" and just about every other word under the sun, as well as some gory violence, including fighting and killing. The party that begins the movie has heavy drug and alcohol use, and a porn magazine is briefly shown, as well as some penises on computer-generated monsters. Sexual talk/innuendo is frequent and strong. And there's some consumerism, too, with several brand names mentioned, most prominently a Milky Way candy bar. All of that said, for older teens and adults, the movie is very funny and has themes of redemption and friendship running underneath the crude, over-the-top stuff.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about This Is the End's apocalyptic violence. How does it affect the movie's flow and tone?
  • How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there any real-life consequences?
  • Is the movie scary? Are the monsters scary? What about the end of the world?
  • How close do you believe these characters are to the real-life actors? Why do you think they all opted to play versions of themselves?
  • Why are there so many movies about the end of the world? What makes that topic interesting and/or relevant?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I enjoyed the hell out of it for a while, but it got irritating and self-congratulatory long before it was over and I desperately do not want to see it again.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rotten: As both homage and send-up, it presents viewers with the ultra-meta image of a comedy genre eating its own tail.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fresh: The film is more guileful than it looks, even though the narrative is nuts ...

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, July 1, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It's pretty much a miracle how one of the most indulgent movies of all time never for a second feels condescending or insincere... oh, and it's also the year's best comedy! I can't think of anyone other than Seth Rogan and co. who could make this work; in that sense "This is the End" is truly a one of a kind product. The fact it just misses brilliance overall is a non-issue. It's Hilarious, it's awesome, and a whole lot smarter than it has any right to be.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

4 stars

"This Is the End" of your lungs. They will crumble with laughter. Full review coming to on 7/17

- spielberg00, Saturday, July 6, 2013

4 stars

Nails the comedy though it slightly undercooks the bromance side of things. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Tuesday, August 6, 2013